Defense Reaction Drill - Players

Drill Purpose:

This is a great all around drill that improves your defensive speed, quickness, and agility. It also improves conditioning and jumping. If you work hard, you'll see results on the court.


  1. Sprint to half court.

  2. Defensive slide diagonally towards the sideline.

  3. Once, you reach the baseline, swing your inside foot back (defensive drop step) and slide back towards the hoop.

  1. Run to the free throw line.

  2. When you reach the free throw line, get down in your defensive stance and slide laterally to the sideline, touch the sideline, and slide back.

  3. Once, you get back to the middle of the court, sprint to the opposite hoop and do 10 rim touches. If you can not reach the rim, touch the net or backboard instead.

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Drew says:
4/21/2015 at 7:35:44 AM

Very helpful, now everyone calls me the glove


Erin says:
7/3/2014 at 3:27:40 AM

Wow. I''ll definetly try it! It will totally help me on the court


J wON says:
9/14/2013 at 1:36:10 AM

you can improve your skills or movements


rahim says:
9/14/2013 at 1:32:56 AM

perfect movements


gerard says:
7/8/2013 at 11:00:49 AM

great drill thx


parthipan says:
1/15/2012 at 10:53:17 PM

Good circuit for any grade!


COach Tae says:
11/16/2011 at 11:24:59 PM

This drill is great. Helps the kids get footwork down. To spice things up, you can make it a head to head competition. starting two kids under basket going to opposite sides. winner gets reward or loser does push ups or something. you can run this with four kids at a time, so the others arent standing around for too long.


Joe Haefner says:
6/22/2010 at 2:39:08 PM


It depends on age, how often you are training, how many games you are playing, and what you are trying to accomplish.

If you are trying to condition for basketball, you may progressively build up over time.

For example,

Week 1 - 6 Circuits w/ 1 minute rest in between circuits.

Week 2 - 6 Circuit w/ 45 seconds rest

Week 3 - 8 circuits w/ 45 seconds rest

Week 4 - 8 circuits w/ 30 seconds rest

Week 5 - 10 circuits w/ 30 seconds rest


jake says:
6/22/2010 at 2:11:49 PM

how many times should i do the drill


Kumar says:
2/23/2010 at 10:07:43 AM

This is a very good drill.


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